I Place on the Human league 1978 debut single- (which I picked up for 30p in a charity shop in Wigan, in which I picked up first actually down to its fascinating cover more than it actually being a band that I like) I place it on my vinyl player and immediately I hear a synthetic sound coming through the scratches of vinyl then as it kicks in I hear a similar riff to visage- fade to grey (in which both these riffs sound too similar to have not been recognised) and a similar beat/percussion sound of Faithless-Insomnia could this record influenced both of those records? Well that is another discussion for another time.
Anyway I would problem say this one of the best human league songs I have heard!
It has a less dark sound that human league usually carries on their records, which comes as quite a sweet change. The overall feelings/style of this piece reminds me off the 80s new romantics movement, which may be down to its similarities with fade to grey but also down to its percussion and use of synths as mentioned this does pre date any of that movement as this record came out in 1978 so it is almost like it is a post-punk record.
On the note of post-punk its lyric content is quite political and punkish but that would make sense as it was around of that time of political lyrics and songs. the lyrics in the song itself combine a protest against silk farming with vague mention of oriental religion in Japan,
Quite obscure huh?
Overall I would rate the record 8/10 down to its futuristic sound (for its time, as mentioned it pre dates the new romantic movement in which the style of the piece is very close too)
And also down to the lyrical content being quite wacky and original
Thank god for the Human League!